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Priti Patel to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration plans

Home secretary will announce the biggest overhaul of the UK system in decadesThe home secretary is to unveil further detail on the future of immigration in the UK on Monday in an attempt to prepare businesses and organisations for the biggest overhaul of the system in decades.The Home Office has previously revealed the core principles behind the forthcoming points-based system, which is meant to be introduced when the transition period from leaving the European Union ends on 1 January. Under the...
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Migrants rescued after boat capsizes in English Channel

Group with severe hypothermia among several taken back to France on SaturdayMigrants rescued after their boat capsized were among several groups to have tried to cross the English Channel on Saturday.The four individuals were spotted by a passing passenger ferry and were picked up by the French navy. They were found to have severe hypothermia and were taken to the French port of Calais. Continue reading...
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Migrants rescued after boat capsizes in Channel

Group with severe hypothermia among several taken back to France on Saturday Migrants rescued after their boat capsized were among several groups to have tried to cross the Channel on Saturday.The four individuals were spotted by a passing passenger ferry and were picked up by the French navy. They were found to have severe hypothermia and were taken to the French port of Calais. Continue reading...
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Pressure mounts on Priti Patel over case of 11-year-old at risk of FGM

Open letter by former judges, leading politicians and campaigners urges home secretary to grant asylum to Sudanese girlBarristers, former judges, politicians and campaigners are among 300 people who have signed an open letter to the home secretary, Priti Patel, urging her to grant asylum to an 11-year-old girl at high risk of female genital mutilation if taken abroad.Helena Kennedy QC, former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, campaigner Leyla Hussein and more than 30 MPs have added their names to th...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Sudan, Fgm, Helena Kennedy, Priti Patel, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Leyla Hussein, Nazir Afzal


UK's Windrush scandal seeing it lose influence across African continent

By contrast China is seen as a partner across much of Africa, offering itself as a growth modelBritain’s treatment of the Windrush generation and attitude to its colonial past means it is struggling to retain the same influence across the African continent as China, a cross-party group of peers has said.In a new report, sharply critical of a lack of a clear UK government strategy for Africa, the Lords International Relations and Defence Committee said the Home Office’s treatment of Africans seek...
Tags: UK, China, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Colonialism, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


LGBT asylum seekers' claims routinely rejected in Europe and UK

Researchers found decision-makers did not consider claimants were at risk of persecution People seeking asylum in the UK and Europe on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are routinely seeing their claims rejected because of a widespread “culture of disbelief” and an “impossible burden of proof”, researchers have said.Calling for a major overhaul of the way asylum systems treat LGBT+ claimants, the team from the University of Sussex said that across Europe, one in three were re...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Human Rights, Germany, Lgbt, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Italy, Home Office, University of Sussex


LGBT asylum seekers routinely see claims rejected in Europe and UK

Researchers found decision-makers did not consider claimants were at risk of persecution People seeking asylum in the UK and Europe on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are routinely seeing their claims rejected because of a widespread “culture of disbelief” and an “impossible burden of proof”, researchers have said.Calling for a major overhaul of the way asylum systems treat LGBT+ claimants, the team from the University of Sussex said that across Europe, one in three were re...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Human Rights, Germany, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Italy, Home Office, University of Sussex


UK Brexit negotiator meets EU counterpart in bid to revive talks

David Frost and Michel Barnier dine on halibut at Downing Street private dinnerThe government’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, is to host his EU counterpart Michel Barnier for a private dinner in Downing Street on Tuesday evening, in a bid to revive flagging talks on a trade and security deal.Less than six months before the status quo transition period is due to end, both sides have expressed concern about the lack of progress in the negotiations. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Downing Street, Brexit, David Frost, Trade Policy, Michel Barnier


Windrush: at least five who applied for compensation die before receiving it

Figure revealed by home secretary highlights concerns about slowness of compensation schemeAt least five people have died before receiving the Windrush compensation they had applied for, the government has revealed, reigniting concern about the slowness of the scheme.No details were revealed about who these individuals were, but the figures appear to come in addition to a number of people interviewed by the Guardian, who died before they were even able to file a compensation claim. Continue read...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Priti Patel, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


London-born twins face deportation to different countries

Exclusive: Darrell and Darren Roberts face deportation to countries they have never visitedTwins who were born in London and have never left the UK face deportation to different countries in the Caribbean where they have no close relatives, their families have told the Guardian.Darrell Roberts, 24, has been issued with a deportation notice informing him that the Home Office plans to send him to the Dominican Republic following a prison sentence, even though he has no connection with the country....
Tags: UK, London, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Darrell, Dominica, Darren Roberts, Commonwealth immigration, Darrell Roberts


EU citizens being used as guinea pigs for digital immigration system, MPs told

Many will face problems after Brexit unless they have physical card to prove right to remain in UK, critics sayEU citizens settled in the UK are being used by the Home Office as guinea pigs for a future digital-only immigration system, MPs have heard.They will also face “significant problems” after Brexit unless the government provides them with a physical card to prove their right to remain in the UK legally, parliament’s Brexit select committee was told. Continue reading...
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EU citizens in UK used as guinea pigs for digital immigration system, MPs told

Many will face problems after Brexit unless they have physical card to prove right to remain in UK, critics sayEU citizens settled in the UK are being used by the Home Office as guinea pigs for a future digital-only immigration system, MPs have heard.They will also face “significant problems” after Brexit unless the government provides them with a physical card to prove their right to remain in the UK legally, parliament’s Brexit select committee was told. Continue reading...
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Priti Patel accused of 'shameful' bid to deport girl at risk of FGM

Barrister says Home Office’s unwillingness to protect 11-year-old makes a mockery of FGM protection ordersHuman rights lawyers have launched a scathing attack on the Home Office for failing to grant asylum to an 11-year-old girl found by judges to be at high risk of female genital mutilation if removed from Britain.The girl, who is thriving at school and only speaks English, was brought to the UK in 2012 by her mother, herself a victim of what is known as type 3 FGM whose two sisters died after ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Law, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Sudan, Fgm, Priti Patel, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Women's rights and gender equality


After the Glasgow hotel attack, a week of shock, anger and compassion

Grassroots groups have rallied to help traumatised former residents of the Park InnWhen Gabriel Vest ran into Asda on Sunday evening with £300 to spend on underwear and socks, staff at Glasgow’s southside branch were initially bemused. He explained he was buying emergency supplies for around 90 asylum seekers evacuated from the Park Inn hotel last Friday after Badreddin Abedlla Adam, from Sudan, stabbed six people before being shot dead by police. “Then they just wanted to help. I didn’t even ha...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Sudan, Asda, Glasgow, MASLOW, Park Inn, Badreddin Abedlla Adam, Park InnWhen Gabriel Vest


I survived the bombing of a migrant camp in Libya a year ago | Yonas

Those of us subjected to the horrific aerial attack have been left to fend for ourselves in TripoliOn 2 July 2019, an aircraft bombed a migrant detention centre in Tajoura, a town on the Libyan coast. There were more than 600 people inside. I was one of them.It happened almost exactly a year ago. Still, I will never forget the moment. All the refugees fell to the ground. We were screaming. The roof of our cell was destroyed and fell on us. The guards shot at people trying to escape. Afterwards, ...
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Hong Kong: Dominic Raab announces citizenship pathway as China imposes security law – video

Up to 3 million people in Hong Kong could be eligible to live, work or study in the UK under a bespoke immigration system announced by Dominic Raab in response to the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by China. The foreign secretary accused China of a 'clear and serious violation' of the joint declaration signed with the UK, and pledged the government would 'honour' its commitment to citizens of the former British colony Hong Kong protests: more than 300 arrested as securi...
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'Office for talent' to be set up for scientists who want to work in UK

Unit based in No 10 will help researchers navigate post-Brexit immigration systemDowning Street is to set up a cross-departmental unit called the “office for talent” as a way to help leading scientists, researchers and others live and work in the UK in the post-Brexit immigration system.The plan, which the Liberal Democrats said was simply trying to make up the damage caused by Brexit, is intended to “ensure excellent customer service across the immigration system”, a government announcement sai...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Research, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Higher Education, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Dominic Cummings


Former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz wins 16-year battle to stay in UK

Exclusive: Fawaz, who was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria as a child, won his Home Office appeal last weekThe former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz has won his 16-year legal battle to live and work in the UK after the Home Office granted him leave to remain for 30 months.Fawaz, who has represented England six times and was once an amateur champion, has been struggling to establish his nationality and immigration status since he reached adulthood after being trafficked from Nigeria to the UK ...
Tags: UK, England, Nigeria, Africa, Sport, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Human Trafficking, Boxing, Fawaz, Kelvin Bilal Fawaz


Minister refuses independent inquiry after Glasgow attack

MPs say concerns about mental health of rehoused asylum seekers were ignored by Home OfficeA Home Office minister has refused to commit to an independent inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow, after a Sudanese man stabbed six people including a police officer at a city centre hotel on Friday before being shot dead by police.Despite being pressed by representatives from all parties other than the Conservatives in the Commons on Monday afternoon to acknowledge the importance of l...
Tags: Scotland, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Glasgow, Chris Philp, Home OfficeA Home Office


Covid-19 worsening plight of UK migrants, report finds

Survey uncovers evidence of exploitative employment and unsafe living conditionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has intensified the effects of the hostile environment on undocumented migrants in the UK, with many experiencing loss of income, unsafe working conditions and scared to seek help if they have the virus, a report has found.The Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and human rights charity RAPAR uncovered evidence of exploitative employment a...
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Home Office urged to investigate treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow

Scottish government makes call after stabbings at hotel housing asylum seekers during lockdownThe Scottish government has told the Home Office it expects a “thorough investigation” into the treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow during the coronavirus lockdown, after a Sudanese man stabbed six people including a police officer at a city centre hotel before being shot dead by police.The warning came as outreach agencies demanded immediate practical support for those asylum seekers worst affected ...
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Glasgow hotel staff 'were told of concerns about attack suspect's mental health'

Man believed to be Sudanese asylum seeker threatened violence day before stabbing six people, Guardian learnsStaff at a Glasgow hotel where six people were stabbed were told of concerns about the suspect’s mental health the night before the incident, the Guardian has learned.The victims, including a police officer and two teenagers, were seriously injured in the attack at the Park Inn on Friday. The alleged perpetrator, believed to have been a Sudanese asylum seeker, was shot dead by police. Con...
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Thousands of potential trafficking victims ‘not given vital support’

Less than fifth of those identified by Home Office as likely modern slavery victims are referred for legal and housing advice – study Thousands of people identified as potential victims of trafficking in the UK have not been referred for support despite government pledges to help them, according to a new study. Many victims of trafficking are hidden and unable to access support because they are under the control of those who are exploiting them. But victims who do come into contact with the auth...
Tags: UK, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Home Office, Slavery, Labour Abuse Authority GLAA


UK government to act on all 30 Windrush recommendations

Priti Patel says she will do all she can to help people wrongly told they were in UK illegally‘Lambs to the slaughter’: 50 lives ruined by the Windrush scandalAll 30 recommendations of the review into the Windrush scandal will be implemented by the government, the home secretary has confirmed.Priti Patel, who has previously apologised publicly for failings by the Home Office, said she would be speaking this week to Wendy Williams, the author of the Lessons Learned review, about realising its rec...
Tags: UK, Race, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Wendy Williams, Priti Patel, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


Windrush lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie: 'The Home Office is treating people with contempt'

The lawyer representing 200 victims of the Windrush scandal says systemic racism is at the root of the problemWindrush scandal: cross-government group aims to tackle ‘terrible’ treatmentFor the past three months, Jacqueline McKenzie says her front room has been covered with Windrush compensation files. Since lockdown, she has stopped going to the offices of the law firm she co-founded in 2010 and has been working from home. But her study is too small to accommodate the huge amount of paperwork t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Race, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Grenada, Home Office, Caribbean, Windrush, Jacqueline McKenzie, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


Windrush scandal: cross-government group aims to tackle 'terrible' treatment

Home Office says it will launch ad campaign to ensure people are aware of support availableA cross-government working group has been launched in an attempt to address the challenges faced by the Windrush generation, two years after the then prime minister, Theresa May, promised to right the wrongs faced by those mistakenly classified as illegal immigrants by the Home Office.Duwayne Brooks, a campaigner and friend of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has agreed to join the group, in recogni...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Home Office, Stephen Lawrence, Priti Patel, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Duwayne Brooks, Windrush scandal


'I feel targeted': Windrush victim decries compensation delays as racism

Former soldier of 13 years’ service left destitute and humiliated by Home Office policyAnthony Williams arrived in Birmingham from Jamaica aged seven in 1971, and went to primary and secondary school before joining the army and serving with the Royal Artillery for 13 years. Later, he had a successful second career as a fitness instructor until 2013, when he found himself classified as an illegal immigrant and sacked from his job.He spent five years destitute. Because jobcentre records had catego...
Tags: Race, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Jamaica, Birmingham, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


Home Office 'uses racial bias' when detaining immigrants

Pressure group claims disproportionate number of black people held for longer periods to ‘reduce black and brown migration to UK’Black people are detained significantly longer than white people inside the UK’s immigration detention system, prompting fresh claims of “institutional racism”.Although the Home Office does not record ethnicity data for detainees, analysis of nationalities of those recently held within the immigration detention estate found that citizens from countries with predominant...
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Windrush scandal survivors deliver petition to No 10

Call to speed up compensation for people wrongly detained and deported by governmentSurvivors of the Windrush scandal have delivered a petition to Downing Street signed by 130,000 people calling on the government to speed up compensation payments and implement all the recommendations in the Windrush Lessons Learned review.Paulette Wilson and Anthony Bryan – who were wrongly held in immigration detention centres and threatened with deportation to Jamaica, a country they both left as children in t...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Boris Johnson, Jamaica, Downing Street, Priti Patel, Paulette Wilson, Anthony Bryan, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Windrush Lessons Learned


Home Office to face legal challenge over 'digital hostile environment'

Campaigners to bring judicial review over ‘discriminatory’ visa application algorithmImmigrants’ rights campaigners are to bring the first court case of its kind in British legal history in an attempt to turn off what they claim is a decision-making algorithm that creates a “hostile environment” for people applying for UK visas online.The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has been granted a judicial review to challenge the Home Office’s artificial intelligence system that filter...
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